APGA National Chairman Calls For Probe Of South East Elections

APGAThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to set as a priority after his swearing in, the probe of the general elections in the South East.

Mr Victor Umeh, who made the appeal, also called for a comprehensive electoral reform.

 

Several candidates, who lost in the election, complained and pointed accusing fingers against opposing political parties.

Several complaints trailed the House of Assembly re-run election of last Saturday, April 18, in Anambra State, in which candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party won three out of the four seats that were contested for.

The inconsistencies in the April 11 House of Assembly election in Anambra state led to the cancellation of 32 wards and 500 polling units in four state constituencies of Anocha 1 and 2, Aguata, and Ekwusigo.

Mr Umeh also maintained that the leadership of INEC should expunge all unwholesome characters in the commission, disallow the use of adhoc staff, whose names are submitted by candidates as well as ensure that those who commit electoral fraud are not announced winners, thereby subjecting the actual winner to the rigours of reclaiming their mandate through the court.

Anambra Assembly Poll: Voters Revolt Over Stolen Result Sheet

anambra state-voters revolt on electionThe House of Assembly re-run in 32 wards and 500 polling units in Anambra State has been conducted amidst complaints of electoral fraud and malpractice.

Several inconsistencies during the April 11 House of Assembly election led to the cancellation of the poll in 32 wards and 500 polling units spread across Anaocha, Aguata and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas.

At a primary school in Egbema Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, where there were three polling units with over 500 registered voters each, accreditation with the card reader was successful. Though, the turnout of voters was not impressive.

The situation was not the same at Umuoru Hall in Uga ward 1. The center had five polling units but voters were at daggers drawn fracas with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials who they asked to produce the result sheets.

The suspicion of the missing result sheets was created by the two Supervising Presiding Officers posted to the unit who suddenly disappeared with their cell phones switched off.

The people accused some of the political heavy weights in the community, who they felt were battling for supremacy, as responsible for the electoral fraud.

Uga ward 1 had 25 polling units. The incumbent Senator representing the Anambra South senatorial zone, Senator Andy Uba, as well as the incumbent member of the House of Assembly, Honorable Ikechukwu Umeh, were both registered voters in the ward and are in different political parties.

As the war raged on, many voters left while some in polling unit 023 continued with accreditation.

However, the Presiding officer succumbed to the intense pressure of cancelling the election in Umuoru as the calls he put across to his superiors ended with him writing a report on the election that couldn’t hold due to disruption by party agents.

While voting was successfully done at polling unit 005 at St Peters, voters at Umumonye Hall did not see any INEC official or ballot materials and they were not given any reason for the disenfranchisement.

Obiano Thanks Anambra Residents For Voting APGA

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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Anambra State Governor has thanked the people of the state for voting massively for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in last Saturday’s House of Assembly election in the state.

Delivering the thank you message in a Special Broadcast at his Aguleri residence in Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA), Governor Willie Obiano said the gesture had massively renewed, re- invigorated and re-validated the sacred mandate the people had given him and his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, to build a better state as well as a nudge to them to shape the future of Anambra state.

He said the victory of APGA in the House of Assembly election had exposed the large scale fraud perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential and National Assembly elections of March 28.

Governor Obiano said the PDP also made same attempt during last Saturday’s election, but was nipped in the bud, leading to the cancellation of the election in five state constituencies.

He however, urged the people of the state in the affected areas to be vigilant and ensure that their constitutional rights of deciding who represents them is not tampered with, while pledging maximum security towards a peaceful, free, fair, and credible election on Saturday, April 18.

INEC has rescheduled the elections in Ekwusigo, Anaocha and Aguata LGAs.

Ekwunife Dumps APGA For PDP To Continue Political Career

Uche EkwunifeMember representing Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency of Anambra State in Federal House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, has dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ekwunife, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Environment, gathered the APGA ward and local government executives of her constituency together in the first official meeting to announce her exit from APGA at her campaign office along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

She said that her exit was not borne out of any issue between her and the party but out of her desire to forge ahead without anybody destroying her political future.

The excited Ekwunife, before the announcement, danced with party members who were obviously happy with their representative but when the news was broken, it was tears for many.

She assured the party members of her commitment to continue representing effectively, the largest constituency in Nigeria with three local government areas, 51 INEC electoral wards and 621 polling units, having moved several motions and bills in the House as well as attracted so many infrastructural developments to the constituency.

Honorable Ekwunife also intimated her constituents of the exit of four out of the five APGA House of Representatives members that included, Cyril Egwuatu of Onitsha North and South, Afam Ogene of Ogbaru, Chris Azubogu of Nnewi North/South and Ekwusigo and herself.

Uche Ekwunife won the APGA ticket to run for the Federal House of Representatives in 2011 having lost in the governorship election of February 6, 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA.

In the Anambra governorship election of 2013, she lost in the controversial primaries of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, part of which may be her dissatisfaction to discontinue with the party hence her moving into the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.